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‘Hopeless system’: Mumbai University’s economics school head retires voluntarily amid crisis

Neeraj Hatekar, head of department, Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, has termed the problems at the university a ‘fight within a hopeless system of no use’

education Updated: Jul 31, 2017 11:03 IST
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Neeraj Hatekar, head of department, Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, says he believes he will be more effective working towards the betterment of the university fighting for it from outside. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Even as University of Mumbai struggles to meet the July 31 deadline for announcing the delayed results of examinations, senior officials are abandoning the university. Neeraj Hatekar, head of department, Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, has decided to opt for voluntary retirement, calling the problems at the university a “fight within a hopeless system of no use”.

Known for voicing his opinion for or against the working of the university, Hatekar, on Monday morning, shared a post on Facebook announcing his decision to take voluntary retirement. “I realise that I will be more effective in working towards the betterment of the university fighting for it from outside rather than being part of a hopeless, spineless system led by stooges who only understand expediency of survival. I feel uncomfortable that earning my daily sustenance involves deference to such a system,” said his post on the social networking site.

Hatekar has time and again voiced his opinion against the inappropriate functioning of the university and at the same time also extended his support to all teachers. Recently he had also objected to making teachers work extra hours to make up for the loss of assessment time in April and May of this year because assessment this year started only post mid-May. “Whatever is going on in the University of Mumbai is deeply distressing and the time has come for those who feel for the university to come together and act. The Joint Action Committee for Improvement of Higher Education in Maharashtra calls for this interested to join in...The time for silence is over,” he said.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 11:03 IST